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A getabako in the bath house of Kobe, Japan.

A getabako (下駄箱?) is a Japanese shoe cupboard, usually situated in the genkan, an entryway or porch of the house. In Japan, it is considered uncouth to not remove one's shoes before entering the house.[1][2] Near the getabako is a slipper rack,[3] and most people in Japan wear slippers around the house, except for rooms which have tatami flooring as they are bad for the floor. The getabako is usually made of wood and bamboo, and there are many sold all over the world.

The word getabako is originated from 下駄 (geta - a type of Japanese footwear) + (hako - box).[4]

Usually there are big getabako in schools and kindergartens, and each student has his own section. Sometimes students store personal things there, or use them to leave love letters.[1][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Removing Shoes // Japanese Culture and Daily Life, The Japan Forum. Originally, The Japan Forum Newsletter no8 "A day in The Life" June 1997.
  2. ^ Getabako: Let’s get some shoes // Corey Klassen, Feb 28, 2011
  3. ^ Japanese social organization, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, ISBN 0824813863, page 117
  4. ^ Japanese Morphophonemics: Markedness and Word Structure, page 231: "Undergoer: hako, Compound: geta-bako, Gloss: clog-box, shoe rack, chest for footwear"
  5. ^ http://japanesense.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/a-glimpse-of-japanese-schools-life-part-2/
  6. ^ Removing shoes // A day with Kentaro, The Japan Forum

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Chicago Daily Herald
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 05:22:30 -0700

For example, in "Hokago Getabako Rock'n'roll MX" for Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, I designed it so that the singers jump with their hands crossed above their heads. Q: Who was the most impressive person you've worked with so far? A: I have to say Yuzu.
 
HONOLULUMagazine.com
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:33:22 -0700

A popular solution is a getabako, also known as “shoe tansu,” placed at the entryway of the home. Sliding panels open to reveal shelves for easy storage. You don't need to get too fancy. Small bookshelves will work just fine. But if you want the high ...
 
Afamily
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:26:16 -0700

Như bạn thấy trong hình sau đây, lối vào có 1 kệ hay tủ gọi là getabako để cất giày. Thông thường khu vực này cũng được thiết kế đơn giản với chất liệu gỗ và cũng có nhiều ánh sáng tự nhiên. Một số nhà, cũng có thể sử dụng sàn gạch hay đá. Các lối vào ...
 
マイナビニュース
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:00:45 -0700

いやいや、そんな“現金”な人ばっかりじゃないですよね。本当に大事なのは“フィーリング”だと思いませんか? 同じものを見て美しいと感じる感性、おなじ笑いどころのツボ……細かなところがピッタリ合うと、「この人だ!」と“運命”を感じてしまいますよね。 でも、そんな人なかなか ...
 
OPENERS
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:07:16 -0800

2009年12月にスタートしたシューズブランド「entoan(エントアン)」──「ひと」と「もの」の時間をかんがえてゆくというデザイナー櫻井義浩氏が、「GETABAKO(下駄箱)」を考案した。桐を素材に、“靴との時間”のためにデザインされたこの下駄箱、3月26日(火)まで伊勢丹新宿店 ...
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